Emergency Dental Care
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Dental emergencies are an unfortunate part of life. You’re eating something crunchy and suddenly a tooth cracks, or you wake up in the morning with swelling and pain in your jaw
Many people head straight to hospital when they have tooth pain. The truth is that this is inefficient and usually not very helpful. Most hospital emergency departments aren’t set up to handle dental emergencies. They might be able to provide antibiotics if the emergency is caused by an infection, but they will still advise patients to see their dentist as soon as possible.
What you should do in the case of a dental emergency is call our office instead.
We’ll get you in quickly, relieve your pain, and come up with a treatment plan for your problem. Of course, if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please go to your local emergency department.
Common Dental Emergencies
What are the most common reasons why people need emergency dental care?
Sudden Tooth Pain – Significant tooth pain with no apparent cause results in many an emergency dental visit. Tooth pain should never be ignored. Many serious conditions can cause tooth pain including:
- Cavities that have penetrated deep into the tooth
- Advanced gum disease
- An abscessed tooth
- Exposed tooth roots
- An impacted tooth
These conditions should be treated promptly to prevent further damage to the tooth or spreading of the infection.
Chipped or Fractured Teeth – Chipped or broken teeth can be caused by sudden trauma to the mouth or by simply biting down on a hard object. Sometimes this happens because patients had a cavity and didn’t know it, and the internal structure has been weakened. If possible, keep the chip or piece that broke off of the tooth and bring it with you to your appointment.
Lost Teeth – Whether a tooth was knocked out because of an injury or it was lost a tooth for no apparent reason, losing a tooth is a dental emergency. In some cases, we can replace the tooth if we can get to it fast enough, but sometimes a lost tooth will have to be replaced with a dental implant or a bridge.
Our chances of saving the tooth are best if you retrieve the tooth and quickly rinse it with cool water, avoiding the root area. Try to replace the tooth back in the socket, but don’t force it. If the tooth can’t be replaced in the socket, keep it in a glass of milk.
Other Dental Emergencies
Some of the other reasons we would need to see patients quickly include:
- A tooth has become dislodged (but not fully knocked out).
- An object is stuck between your teeth that can’t be removed with brushing or dental floss.
- A filling or crown has fallen out.
- You are experiencing a dental abscess (infection).
- You have injured your gums or palate.
Call our office for an appointment for any dental emergency.